Recall Watch: Contaminated Cookie Dough


Chocolate chip, fudge brownie, peanut butter and other cookie dough is being recalled by Nestle amid an investigation into E. coli symptoms that may be linked to consumption of the raw dough.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning consumers not to eat any prepackaged Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough due to the risk of contamination with E. coli.

The E. coli bacteria can cause cramps, nausea, diarrhea and other symptoms.

Nestle says a number of consumers reported getting sick after consuming raw Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough, but the strain of E. coli being investigated has not been detected in the dough.

There have been 66 reports of illness across 28 states related to the cookie dough since March, according to the FDA, including 25 hospitalizations and 7 reports of severe complications. The CDC and state and local health officials have been conducting an ongoing investigation into the dough.

Look Out For:
The recall includes cookie and brownie dough bars, tubes and 40- and 80-ounce tubs of dough. Holiday themed dough and “Ultimates” branded dough like Fudgy Brownies With Raspberry Filling, Ultimates Turtles bars and Ultimates Chocolate Chip with Caramel Filling bars and many others are also included in the recall.

You Should Be OK With:
The recall doesn’t include already baked Toll House cookies, Toll House morsels, baking bars, cocoa, or Dreyer's and Edy's ice cream which contain Toll House cookie dough, the company says.

Nestle urges consumers who’ve bought the recalled dough to return it to their grocery store for a full refund. The FDA says consumers should not bake the affected cookie dough because the E. coli bacteria can get on your hands and other cooking surfaces.

Consumers with questions can contact Nestle at 1-800-559-5025 or online at

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